I have been thinking about doing a no spend month for a little while now, if a little while means around 5 months…I totally missed the boat with the collective No spend January.
On our trip to Glastonbury last week, in one of my favourite book shops ever, The Speaking Tree, I was standing at the counter, when I spied The Year of Less, by Cait Flanders. Right there was an impulse purchase, but this time it was a good one….
You can read more about it Here
I don’t think of myself as someone who spends a lot, or is a ‘shopaholic’, but I certainly buy things I don’t need. My biggest downfall is thrift shopping. I just can’t help myself, and while I have most definitely became more mindful of my spending, I think I have at least 10 items I have purchased this year alone from Charity Shops that I haven’t yet used/worn.
I can walk through the Town Centre and barley cast a glance at most shops, I find it exceptionally easy not to spend at major brands on the High Street as I am hard pushed to find an ethical one.
My major spending downfall, online shopping. I see something, and because it’s ethical, eco, zero waste etc, I feel I am doing good and buy it. Or sometimes I just can’t resist the pretty things.
I will see something online, usually on Instagram, in a beautiful playroom, and I will imagine it our playroom….the feeling will turn into a want….I will usually cave in. I’m the worst with hand made things. I love to support small businesses, so again I tell myself I am doing good.
On of the worst habits I have gotten into to this year, is anything I sell over at my little Etsy Shop Enchanted Rainbows I use the money to buy nice things – nice things covers a wide range of items. Wooden toys, Art supplies, Craft supplies, pretty scandi clothes for Arthur, books, etc.
Things I don’t need
I am taking inspiration from this book, to break some habits, and loosely following the no spend challenge Cait Flanders Set out for herself. I will try do a little weekly update on here, to keep myself accountable.
What I am allowed to shop for;
- Groceries, basic kitchen supplies.
- Cosmetics and toiletries, only when I’ve run out.
- Items in the approved shopping list.
- What I’m not allowed to shop for;
- Take out coffee (this one is going to be a killer for me!)
- Clothes, shoes, accessories.
- Books, magazines, notebooks, stationery.
- Household items, decor, candles, cups, etc.
Approved shopping list;
- Shoes for Arthur (he really needs some, I just haven’t found the right ones yet)
- I can purchase something that need to be replaced, eg, broken lamp,
- the old item must me broken, donated, etc.
One tiny exception; I have put aside £30 to spend at our local car boot sale that happens on Easter Monday, there’s a vintage stall and I have been hunting down a particular couple of items for ages, so you know, just incase!
Also I am trying my very best to keep within our £70 food shopping budget. It baffles me that I can never stick to it, so I’m really going to focus on keeping this in check too.
I am going to question everything I want to buy. I’m sure there with never be a practical reason, and really I am wanting the idea of a particular item.
I have begun today, wanting things.
I want an art print for the playroom I have spied. I want an essential oil diffuser for the bedroom. I want some new sandals. I don’t need any of these things. If I really want them I can buy them in four weeks time.
I’m looking forward to the awareness this little challenge is going to bring to my spending. Take out coffee will be the hardest.
Does anyone want to join in?!
I’ll try and share daily thoughts on my stories over on Instagram
Thank you for reading,